Read-only files and Word97



I recently bought a laptop with Windows Vista Premium Home and am new to
Vista in general. I transfered about 500 .DOC files to my new computer and
was surprised to see that all the files and folders were attributed as
Read-only even though none of them were originally. I've tried to read about
this in the forums and online and have read a number of conflicting reports
on how to 'fix' this problem.

While some have suggested it is possible to change the attributes of the
folders by going within the Command structure and using some attrib commands,
others say merely changing ownership is sufficient. Nothing I've tried has

However, while I am interested in learning about the truth of the matter, I
am more concerned about what happened next. I changed an individual file
attribute from Read-only and then opened the file within Word 97. (I know, I
know, it is ancient.) The file appeared as Read-only.

Does Word 97 work within Vista? How or why should this be?

(And if there is some definitive answer on changing folders, I'd be
interested in that as well.)


R. C. White

Hi, Fantom.

Have a look at this KB article:
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders
in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, or in Windows Vista;EN-US;326549

R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000

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